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chillin
This iconic London institution has sold it's premises and vacates them in May. It's been on the same site since 1739. Will they keep going? It is somehwere I have tried to visit on the spure of the moment but it needed booking, so never got round to it. Sadly I may never will now :(
It just seems like this place is a real cornerstone of London's (and Britain's) history, a real link to the past where all around it has been demolished and built into modern highrises. Shocked.

1st December 2016

Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd announces, with regret, that by May 2017 it will cease its activities at the Whitechapel Road site that it has occupied since its move there in 1738.

The company intends to complete work on all projects presently in hand during the coming months. It will not be entering into new contracts for the time being whilst discussions with the company's staff and other interested parties regarding the future direction, ownership, and location of the company are ongoing.

THE WHITECHAPEL BELL FOUNDRY LTD.
Whitechapel Bell Foundry to ring in new era as owner sells site
 

Miss-Shelf

I'll meet you further on up the road
Nooooo
My daughter went school round the corner from there and they used to go on visits. Walked past it every day for years
 

RoyReed

Must fly!
Nooooo
My daughter went school round the corner from there and they used to go on visits. Walked past it every day for years
Kobi Nazrul School? I did a lot of photography there a few years ago and always meant to look into the bell foundry, but never did. It's a real shame it's closing after all these years. So much history!
 

Miss-Shelf

I'll meet you further on up the road
Kobi Nazrul School? I did a lot of photography there a few years ago and always meant to look into the bell foundry, but never did. It's a real shame it's closing after all these years. So much history!
yes
It's a very interesting area all round there
It's changed a lot with tower house being refurbished and the mosque centre expanding
 

ska invita

back on the other side
very sad...oldest business in london...gentrified out after 3 centuries
beautiful building too


look how many yuppie flats therye going to fit in here!
 

ohmyliver

poppin' like a cork
sad, it's a shame it's not being turned into a museum if it has to stop business.

I'm surprised that there's not been a campaign to save it. Given that it made the Liberty Bell, it would have been easy to get coverage etc.
 

ska invita

back on the other side
I don't think you can say it has been gentrified out. They own the freehold, so the decision to move is their own.
yeah thats fair enough, though the article did seem to suggest it was the property value of the building that has encouraged the move, as they can cash in nicely from it.
 

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chillin
I expect they will do you a non comissioned bell for a few quid, though I doubt it would make a difference.
 

Bahnhof Strasse

A-wob a-bob bob
I don't think you can say it has been gentrified out. They own the freehold, so the decision to move is their own.
If a developer can squeeze in 20 'executive' flats at £2m a pop and pay 40% for the freehold, that's £16m, which is very hard to turn down. Hopefully they'll be able to use some of the cash to set up elsewhere and carry on...
 

bi0boy

Power User
They've been going since 1570 and moved in 1739, and again in 2017.

I don't see how it's a bad thing if it helps the business. I doubt anyone is now bemoaning the 1739 move are they? In 2223 they probably won't care so much about this move, they're only 13 metres above sea level at their current location after all.
 
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alsoknownas

some bloke
Well I for one have never bought a bell (maybe a bicycle bell, but I don't think they do them). I think they need to move with the times. Mobile ringtones, that sort of thing.
 

ska invita

back on the other side
They've been going since 1570 and moved in 1739, and again in 2017.

I don't see how it's a bad thing if it helps the business. I doubt anyone is now bemoaning the 1739 move are they? In 2223 they probably won't care so much about this move, they're only 13 metres above sea level at their current location after all.
Its not bad, its just sad to see an iconic and very old building in London be turned into flats or whatever, and lose its 300 year usage - it was the last of an era.

It was always a building that rasied a smile in me when i passed it and i'll miss it
 

phillm

Trolling through Life (TM)
Don't ask for whom the bell tolls...

Sad have been noting that place on my travels for nigh on 40 years. Always intigued to know what goes on inside - now I'll never know. Will probably be 'The Foundry' an unique and world class iconic collection of hyper luxury apartments on the very freshold of the city - start 6.9 million or something like that.

Japan has had even older businesses go bust - the current world record is over 1400 years old.

These Japanese Companies Have Stayed in Business for Over 1,000 Years
 

phillm

Trolling through Life (TM)
I wonder if there is a bloke who works there who is a bit aesthetically challenged and is the but of workplace humour by being nicknamed 'Quasimodo'. I think we should be tolled ! By god Laughton was good.

 

Sphinxminx

Away with the fairies
I read that it was because being a family business, it was always taken on by the next generation, but this one doesn't want to. Not sure what will happen in that case.
 
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